Greg Davis (50)
anyone here want to have a crack at which NSWGPS boys will make Australian Schools?
Shore employs based on religious grounds - I have seen it first hand. So I agree and think it’s a major problem. Shore’s long waiting list makes the school think it can do whatever it likes - big egos! As a parent paying high fees, I would like them to hire the best teachers and coaches available regardless of religion. However, this is just a characteristic of Shore. Riverview and joeys are also controlled by religion. One way to look at this is look at the composition of the school boards. At Shore, 11/16 directors need to clergy/religious. Kings does not appear as heavily weighted at 6/18. I would like to know the board composition at joeys and Riverview but I’m expecting the clergy weighting to be very high if not 100%.Not kidding. The Sydney diocese of the Anglican church is different from the rest of the Church in Australia, people are promoted and/or appointed these days on the basis of religious affiliation first and foremost.
Enrolments are a huge problem for Shore. Demand far outstrips supply for a finite number of positions. No matter who the registrar is they won't be able to solve the problem. Technically sons of OBs get till the boy's 1st birthday to apply, but all this does is put them ahead of the sons of non-OBs - problem being that the positions are already filled by the sons of other OBs before that point.
It again illustrates the problem of unbalanced enrolments - Grammar's enrolment policy caused many OBs to send their sons elsewhere as the school demographics changed to the extent that the student body doesn't reflect wider society. Shore's issue is the exact opposite in that it's difficult for anyone other than the sons of OBs to get in, this also leads to a student body which doesn't reflect wider society.
They have over a 90% sons of OB population but much of the anglo demographic that they draw on are now affiliated with soccer or Aussie Rules.
Just on the Shore thing, many parents like that it has become more academic as well in the last 20 odd years. The soon to be leaving Headmaster had a lot to do with this and think its a good thing. Sport and winning became less of a focus and is more on getting all kids academic results heading north. My kids dont go there, long story, though know plenty of parents who do and did not necessarily go there themselves. They wanted their son to attend for this very reason. Personally, I reckon some of these Headmasters are on an ego trip when they think parachuting kids into the top teams brings kudos. The opposite happens as kids who could have been in the top team miss out. Its not everything if the top team wins all the time. It's everything if your child doesn't participate, enjoy and do their best. MR
Shore’s student body certainly does not reflect society. However, this is also the case for View, Joeys and Scots. .
HATS OFF to all the boys, and a special mention to Joeys, and absolutely outstanding effort to have sooo many boys chosen!
Considering they had NONE in 2018 and won the premiership. The Joeys backs today (10, 12, 13 and 11) were slick. O'Brien was my choice for player of the tournament.